Lou Shares Her Scandinavian Christmas Traditions

I’m so excited for christmas. Time properly spent with the household, lengthy household walks, presents and all of the scrumptious meals.

For me Christmas actually does come alive with kids. The magic of their eyes on the sight of the christmas tree, the thrill at their first style of a gingerbread man, the anticipation of Santa coming and the presents he’ll carry. This sense of pleasure has introduced again so many nostalgic reminiscences. We have a good time Christmas in true Swedish model and listed here are a few of my favorite traditions that make our vacation actually particular. 


One of many issues that makes the Scandi international locations so compelling is our wealthy folklore. All through Norway, Sweden, and Denmark, you’ll discover quite a few traditions and distinctive tales that inform tales of legendary creatures and sprites, starting from fairies to trolls, however one of many better-known creatures is the gnome. The gnomes are believed to be family spirits ( dwelling underneath the home) answerable for the care of a farm or household. Whereas their origins play into many various narratives all through historical past, they’ve turn out to be tied with Christmas and The tomte determine is certainly my favorite Swedish custom. 

For me it’s essentially the most iconic Christmas ornament and I used to be excited to construct my very own assortment to share with my son. Asas Tomtebod creates essentially the most beautiful handmade bearded santa’s with felt clothes, little leather-based footwear and sheepskin hair. The element put into every elf is unbelievable and mirrors the outdated conventional model my mother and father have.

At Christmas time in Sweden, it’s a customized to go away a bowl of porridge exterior your own home for the Swedish gnomes to eat on Christmas eve. If the bowl is empty the subsequent morning all might be properly for one more 12 months. 


There isn’t a higher option to have a good time Christmas than with a conventional Christmas Julbord (translating to Christmas Desk). It’s superb the array of dishes served as a part of our Smorgasbord desk. 

Beginning with the fish course with various kinds of pickled herrings, which is likely one of the most important components, to gravadlax, smoked salmon and prawns. Adopted by the chilly meats with numerous elk and reindeer salamis and pates. Then the nice and cozy dishes with meatballs, Swedish sausages, ham, pink cabbage and potatoes. And at last the cheese and the number of puddings which in our home has a separate desk of its personal. Suppose Swedish Cinnamon or Cardamom Buns and Swedish Ginger Biscuits, often called pepparkakor.


In Sweden the custom is to attend for Jultomten (Father Christmas) to come back on the night of the twenty fourth, when he leaves a big sack on the door. Yearly one member of our household ( who can be lacking for much too lengthy within the “rest room”) would gown up in essentially the most lovely outdated Santa go well with and drop the presents on the entrance door. As children we might rush to the window simply in time to catch a glimpse of him as he walked away within the distance holding a lit lantern and waving goodbye.

Outfit Of The Day 

In Sweden, we all the time gown up on the twenty fourth and I really like selecting little outfits for Rollo. La Coqueta is all the time my go-to for the sweetest conventional outfits and excellent for any and each celebration. That is what my son might be carrying at Christmas this 12 months.